Oprah knew

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

One won­ders what Oprah Win­frey could see in the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. that Sen. Barack Obama couldn’t.

“Win­frey was a mem­ber of Trin­ity United [Church of Christ] from 1984 to 1986, and she con­tin­ued to at­tend off and on into the early to the mid-1990s. But then she stopped. A ma­jor rea­son — but by no means the only rea­son — was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright,” writes Al­li­son Sa­muels for the latest edi­tion of Newsweek.

“Ac­cord­ing to two sources, Win­frey was never com­fort­able with the tone of Wright’s more in­cen­di­ary ser­mons, which she knew had the power to dam­age her stand­ing as Amer­ica’s fa­vorite day­time talk­show host. ‘Oprah is a busi­ness­woman, first and fore­most,’ said one long­time friend, who re­quested anonymity when dis­cussing Win­frey’s per­sonal sen­ti­ments,” Miss Sa­muels writes.

Mr. Obama has said sev­eral times that he had no knowl­edge at the time of Mr. Wright’s most no­to­ri­ous ser­mons, in which he said that blacks should call on God to smite Amer­ica rather than bless it and has said the AIDS virus could have been cre­ated by the U.S. gov­ern­ment as an anti-black geno­cide weapon. Ac­cord­ing to Newsweek, the Obama camp called it un­fair to com­pare the two peo­ple’s choices, say­ing the Illi­nois sen­a­tor needed to dis­cover his black­ness at Trin­ity.

“Early on, he was in search of his iden­tity as an African-Amer­i­can and, more im­por­tantly, as an African-Amer­i­can man. Rev­erend Wright and other male mem­bers of the church were in­stru­men­tal in help­ing him un­der­stand the black ex­pe­ri­ence in Amer­ica. [. . .] She’s se­cure in her black­ness, so that didn’t have a hold on her,” Newsweek quoted a cam­paign ad­viser as say­ing.

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